Space Science includes the classical field of astronomy, but also astrophysics, cosmology, rocketry, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, and more. It is a field that captures the attention and enthusiasm of students of all ages.
Space Science educators face the wonderful, yet daunting task of teaching such a dynamic and constantly changing field. And they need to challenge, dazzle, and inspire a generation that has ‘seen it all’ on a little screen.
Through lecture and demonstration, hands on participation, and group discussion, this two-day course will provide key ideas in space science, modeling and practicing multiple experiments that every teacher can do in the classroom. Essential classroom equipment, safety training, and Next Generation Science Standards will also be discussed.
This workshop is designed for teachers of grades 3 – 12. Each activity will be presented with differentiation appropriate to this range of students.
- Provide a crash course on the key ideas in Space science.
- Provide a sample essential equipment list and training. Participants will create the “essential box of space science teaching supplies.”
- Model and practice several captivating space science experiments that every teacher can do, applicable across a wide age and grade range.
- Safety training that focuses on prevention, and leaves teachers knowing how to deal effectively and professionally with common space science accidents.
- Address the Next Generation Science Standards, learning how to foster a sense of wonder with captivating lessons while meeting the standards.
- “Diversity Interludes” - five minute biographies of diverse space scientists. Discuss strategies to help all students find success in space science.